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Listening for Democracy: Recognition, Representation, Reconciliation

Andrew Dobson


Although much prized in daily conversation, good listening has been almost completely ignored in that form of political conversation we know as democracy. Here Andrew Dobson examines the reasons why so little attention has been paid to the listening aspect of democratic conversation, explores the role that listening might play in democracy, and outlines some institutional changes that could be made to make listening more central to democratic processes. The focus on listening amounts to a reorientation of democratic theory and practice, providing novel perspectives on enduring themes in democr ... More

Keywords: Listening, democracy, recognition, representation, power, legitimacy, deliberation, dialogic democracy, noise, silence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199682447
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682447.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Dobson, author
Professor of Politics, Keele University